Police raid Uttar Pradesh village for terror clues (Lead)

September 23rd, 2008 - 7:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Sep 23 (IANS) Searching for clues into the conspiracy behind the serial bombings in Ahmedabad and New Delhi, a joint team of Delhi Police and the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh police Tuesday raided Sanjarpur village in Azamgarh district, home to five of the arrested suspects.Saqib Nisar, who was arrested Sunday from Jamia Nagar in south Delhi, where police and suspected terrorists had a shootout Friday, accompanied the team and took the investigators around in the Sarai Meer block of Azamgarh district in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Suspected terrorists Atif and Sajid, who were gunned down in the shootout, were natives of Sanjarpur in Azamgarh, 270 km from here. One more suspect, Saif, who was held in the national capital, also hailed from the village.

Delhi Police say that all 13 members of a terrorist module behind the New Delhi bombings, which claimed 24 lives, and the July 26 Ahmedabad blasts which killed 56 people are from Sarai Meer.

“We are looking for Arif, Sajid, Salman and Khalid, who are suspected to be involved in the blasts,” a member of the raiding team said on condition of anonymity.

Police are also reportedly checking Atif’s bank account in Pawai town of Azamgarh.

“An initial scanning has revealed that a transaction of Rs.3 crore (Rs.30 million) took place just before the blasts,” the source added.

However, the bank manager refuted the police claim.

“As per our records, his (Atif’s) transactions never went above Rs.30,000 and any kind of hawala transaction is also ruled out. However, let the police do their work,” R.L. Dohre, manager of the the Union Bank branch in Pawai, told reporters in a hurriedly called press conference Tuesday afternoon.

ATS Deputy Inspector General Rajiv Krishna said: “We are not yet in a position to give any statement regarding this (transaction).”

Police in Azamgarh said they did not know details of the raids but were providing assistance.

“We are not clear about the motive of the raid and the local police are only providing force for assistance,” Superintendent of Police (Azamgarh) Ramit Sharma told IANS.

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